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MAY 17

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United Nations: World Telecommunications Day
(Commemorates the founding of the International Telecommunication Union: 05/17/1865)
United Nations International Telecommunication Union
Nauru: Constitution Day
(Commemorates 1968 adoption of the Nauru constitution)
Nauru Expedia
Norway: Constitution/Independence Day
(Commemorates independence from Denmark in 1814)
Norway Denmark U.S. Department of State
1782 Cleng Peerson (Norwegian-American Who Helped Establish Communities in At Least 8 American Different States) Norwgian Political and Social Leaders Immigration Texas State Historical Society
1900 Ayatolla Ruhollah Khomeini (Iranian Political, Social and Religious Leader) Ayatolla Khomeini Islam Iranian Hostage Crisis
1937 Hazel O'Leary (Virginia-born African-American Attorney: First Woman to Serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy) Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Government President Bill Clinton African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1164 Heloise (French Religious Figure Known for Her Tragic Romance with Peter Abelard) French Political and Social Leaders Chamber's Book of Days
1829 John Jay (New York-born Jurist: First Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) John Jay U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1838 de Talleyrand, Charles Maurice (French Statesman) French Political and Social Leaders Napoleon Bonaparte Chamber's Book of Days
1955 Owen J. Roberts (Pennsylvania-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
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1637 Puritan Lawyer John Winthrop Is Elected to be the First Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony John Winthrop Massachusetts Colonial Massachusetts Elections Concordia
1673 Louis Jolliet, Father Jacques Marquette and Five French Voyageurs Begin Their Exploration of the Mississippi River Father Marquette Louis Joliet Mississippi River North American Explorers State of Michigan Wisconsin Historical Society
1749 Georgia's Trustees Petition Britain to Repeal Prohibition of Importation of Slaves into Georgia England Georgia Government Colonial Georgia Slavery University of Georgia
1756 England Formally Declares War in the Seven Years War Against France France England Seven Years/French & Indian War University of Groenigen University of Georgia
1758 In London, the Lords of Trade Appoint Henry Ellis Governor-in-Chief of the Colony of Georgia England Georgia Government Colonial Georgia University of Georgia
1769 In Virginia, George Washington Introduces Resolutions to Protest Taxation without Representation British Government Virginia George Washington Colonial Virginia Taxes The History Channel
1791 President Washington Overnights in Waynesboro, Georgia on His Way from Savannah to Augusta Waynesboro, Georgia George Washington Waynesboro, Georgia University of Georgia
1814 Norway Separates from Denmark to Become Independent State Norway Denmark World History Library of Congress
1827 Andrew Johnson Marries Eliza McCardle President Andrew Johnson The History Channel
1839 Texas Rangers Defeat Mexican Revolutionary at North San Gabriel River Mexico Republic of Texas Cherokee Indians Texas State Historical Society
1863 Grant Defeats Confederates at Big Black River, Mississippi Mississippi Ulysses S. Grant American Civil War The History Channel
Union Forces Capture One Confederate Ship While a Second Is Burned and Sunk to Avoid Capture Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1864 Johnston's Confederates Inflict Heavy Casualties on Sherman's Forces at Adairsville, Georgia Adairsville, Georgia Battle of Adairsville University of Georgia
President Lincoln Sends a Chippewa Indian Treaty to the Senate U.S. Senate President Abraham Lincoln Chippewa Indians Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Orders a Draft for 300,000 More Troops President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1865 Last 1,200 Union Soldiers Leave Camp Ford Confederate Prison Northeast of Tyler, Texas Tyler, Texas Prisoners of War American Civil War Texas State Historical Society
1881 Stanley Matthews Is Sworn In As Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court Ohio Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court President James Garfield Oyez
1900 In South Africa, British Forces Break the 217-day Boer Siege of the Garrison at Mafeking South Africa Great Britain Boer Wars Historic UK
1932 U.S. Congress Changes Name of "Porto Rico" to Original "Puerto Rico" Puerto Rico U.S. Congress Library of Congress
1939 Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Arrive in Canada Canada British Political and Social leaders King George VI New York Times
1940 Nazi Troops Move into Northern France & Lowland Countries, Occupy Brussels France Belgium Nazi Germany World War II Holocaust Project
1943 Memphis Belle Completes 25th & Final Bombing Mission Aviation History World War II The History Channel
1957 Lincoln Memorial Voting/Civil Rights Pilgrimage Draws 30,000 Lincoln Memorial Voting Rights Martin Luther King, Jr. Stanford University
1960 Big-4 Paris Summit Falls Apart Paris Great Britain Soviet Union Dwight Eisenhower The Cold War BBC
1970 Norwegian Explorer, Thor Heyerdahl, Sails from Morocco to Cross Atlantic in Papyrus Boat Thor Heyerdahl Morocco Naval History The History Channel
1973 Televised Congressional Watergate Hearings Begin U.S. Congress Watergate Scandal Television Museum of Broadcast Communication The History Channel
Florida's House of Representatives Censures the Lieutenant Governor for Improper Use of State Employees Florida Government Florida Historical Society
1974 Three Car Bombs Explode in Dublin, Ireland, Killing 23, Injuring 100+ Dublin, Ireland Terrorism Death BBC
1983 Israel & Lebanon Sign Peace Treaty Ending the State of War Between the Two Israel Lebanon Rand Corporation
1987 Iraqi Jet Attacks U.S.S. Stark: 37 American Sailors Die Iraq Naval History Death Mayport Mirror New York Times
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev Meets with Lithuania's Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev Lithuania The History Channel
1994 Fire Engulfs an Honduras Prison, Killing 103 Honduras Prison Fire Death The History Channel
1997 Rebel Laurent Kabila Proclaims Himself President of Zaire Ending 7-month War Zaire/Democratic Republic of the Congo CNN
1999 Ehud Barak Defeats Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israeli Election Israel Elections CNN
2009 Tamil Tiger Guerillas Surrender, Ending 26-Year Civil War in Sri Lanka Tmail Tigers CNN
President Barack Obama Delivers Commencement Address at the University of Notre Dame Indiana President Barack Obama Education Abortion University of Notre Dame NPR

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